Topics covered at the Government briefing: managing the state of emergency, material procurement and testing capacity
The Government held a briefing on the coronavirus situation on 1 April. Topics covered at the briefing were the role of the Government in managing the state of emergency, the procurement of personal protective equipment, increasing testing capacity and the use of respiratory protection products.
Present at the briefing were Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Social Affairs and Health Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Krista Kiuru, State Secretary to the Prime Minister Mikko Koskinen, Director of Government Security Ahti Kurvinen and Director of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare Mika Salminen.
Working group to assess the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis and explore ways to return to a sustainable growth path
Restrictions on restaurant operations and exercise of powers under the Emergency Powers Act will continue
On 31 March, the Government issued a decree restricting the operations of restaurants throughout the country.
All restaurants must be closed starting from Saturday 4 April 2020. The restrictions will remain in force until the end of May. The restrictions apply to all restaurant operations except for preparing food for take away and for delivery by food couriers. The restrictions do not apply to canteens or restaurants that are essential for food supply such as canteens in schools, hospitals and similar establishments, or personnel restaurants that serve in-house personnel only.
Press conference 30.3.
Government extends measures related to emergency conditions until 13 May
The Government decided to extend until 13 May 2020 the duration of the previously imposed restrictions to slow down the spread of coronavirus infections and to protect those at risk.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, Minister of Education Li Andersson, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo and Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson were present at the press conference.
Restrictions on movement to and from Uusimaa enter into force on 28 March
On 27 March, the Government submitted to Parliament two decrees concerning the Uusimaa region on the entry into force and the application of the restrictions on movement laid down in the Emergency Powers Act. The restrictions concern movement to and from the Uusimaa region. The movement restrictions in the Uusimaa region entered into force on 28 March and remain in force until 19 April 2020.
Once the restrictions have entered into force, the residents of Uusimaa must stay in the Uusimaa region. Residents of other regions are not allowed to visit Uusimaa. Everyone does, however, have the right to return to their home or place of residence. Recreational travel is not allowed.
More stringent controls placed on people arriving from abroad
The Programme of Prime Minister Sanna Marin's Government "Inclusive and competent Finland – a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable society" was submitted to Parliament in the form of a Government statement on 10 December 2019.
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Government in office
On 10 December 2019, the President of the Republic appointed Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s Government, which is Finland’s 76th government. Marin’s Government is formed by the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Greens, the Left Alliance and the Swedish People's Party of Finland. The Government has 19 ministers.
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